Time And A Word

You may not have heard about the latest offering from Google Labs, but it’s impressive, and addictive too. It’s a simple user interface that lets you graph the varying rate at which words and phrases have appeared in books over time. Enter your word or phrase, and see a graph. Bada-bing!

Read about it here, and take it for a spin at ngrams.googlelabs.com.


  1. Kevin Kim says

    I typed in “nasticles” and it flatlined.

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Try a real word. Like “rusticles“.

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  3. Kevin Kim says

    That’s a hero from a Greek myth, right? Or something that happens to our balls as we get older.

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  4. chris g says

    Try “magnetic tape.”

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink
  5. chris g says

    Flint, buggy whip and spam are interesting.

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink
  6. chris g says

    Gonad peaked in 1963. Who’d a thunk.

    sorry, no more wine for me.

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink
  7. Malcolm says

    That first one’s kind of sad.

    Posted December 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Permalink
  8. JK says

    I dunno Kevin, I think it was some guy featured in something that Eyetalian guy Boccaccio tweeted about.

    Posted December 19, 2010 at 1:03 am | Permalink

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